Not happy Scomo: Budget reax
Budget fails understaffed aged care nurses in Tweed
TWEED nurses have been left disappointed by the Federal Government’s 2018–19 budget, after no extra funding for increasing staff numbers was provided.
While the Coalition did announce plans to introduce an additional 14,000 high-level home care support packages over the next four years, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation federal secretary Annie Butler said she was disappointed the government hadn’t given more resources to increasing staff numbers in nursing homes.
Ms Butler said with more than 100,000 elderly Australians on high-priority waiting lists for home care packages, funding to meet the ever-growing demand for in-home aged care services was long-overdue.
“It’s simply unacceptable that waiting lists have blown out to this point,” she said.
“This chronic staffing crisis has led to dangerous workloads for nurses and carers, resulting too often in missed care for vulnerable nursing home residents, yet the government is still not prepared to guarantee safe staffing levels in residential aged care.”
Richmond MP Justine Elliot said she was also concerned about the future of aged care.
“We’ve still got 100,000 people waiting for in-home care and a lot of people waiting for in-home care locally,” she said.
“They’ve got to cut residential aged care to pay for it, which is worse. They didn’t commit any new funding.”
HELP: Nurses Elanor Bilbie and Suzanne Wilson are calling for improved staffing levels in aged care facilities. They will be at the campaign launch at Jack Evans Boat Harbour from 11am today.